Current Affairs 04th and 5th February 2018: Daily GK Update

Dear Aspirants,

The General Awareness Section of Banking Exams covers numerous sections in it like Banking Awareness, Static GK, and Current Affairs. But the most important thing that you might have noticed is that both the Banking Awareness and Static Awareness questions asked in the General Awareness Section are based on Current Affairs only. The questions on Static and Banking Awareness are related to the countries, events or anything that has been in news for a while. Apart from the GA Section, an excellent knowledge of current news also helps you deal with the PI (Personal Interview) more efficiently so you do not give a mumble jumble answer to the interviewee's simple questions. Here is the Daily GK Update to get you acquainted with the top events that made the headlines today!!

Current Affairs 04th and 5th February 2018: Daily GK Update
National News

1. 1st Ever International Kala Mela Inaugurated in New Delhi

i. The First ever International Kala Mela was inaugurated by the Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu in New Delhi.
ii. The International Kala Mela has been organised by the Lalit Kala Akademi in partnership with IGNCA of the Ministry of Culture. More than 800 artists from across the world took part in the Festival.

Static/Current Takeaways Important for Canara Bank PO 2018 Exam-
  • The Minister of State for Culture (I/C) and Environment, Forest & Climate Change is Dr Mahesh Sharma.

2. Maharashtra Government Approves New Wildlife Sanctuary at Ghodazari

i. The Maharashtra government has approved Ghodazari in Chandrapur district as a new wildlife sanctuary in the state. The decision was taken at the 13th meeting of the Maharashtra State Board for Wildlife, chaired by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
ii. The sanctuary, in the North East of Tadoba, will include 159 sq km of Brahmapuri forest. This will not only save the forest but will also improve tourism in nearly 40 villages in the area.

Static/Current Takeaways Important for Syndicate Bank PO 2018 Exam-
  • Maharashtra Governor- C V Rao.

3. IWAI Signs Project Agreement with World Bank for Jal Marg Vikas Project

i. Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has signed a project agreement with the World Bank for Jal Marg Vikas Project on river Ganga.
ii. The World Bank entered into a USD 375 million loan agreement with the Department of Economic Affairs, Union Ministry of Finance for Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP).

Static/Current Takeaways Important for Syndicate Bank PO 2018 Exam-
  • Jim Yong Kim is the 12th President of the World Bank Group.
  • World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC, USA.

4. 'Exam Warriors'- A Book Penned Down by PM Modi Released

i. The book penned down by PM Narendra Modi named 'Exam Warriors' was launched to reach out to the students across the country ahead of their exams. The book was released by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
ii. The book has been written to inspire youths to face the difficult moments of examinations and life, with fresh and new energy. 'Exam Warriors' is published by Penguin India, which runs into 208 pages.

International

5. World Cancer Day: 04th February 


i. The World Cancer Day is observed on 4th February every year to raise awareness about cancer, its treatment and to encourage methods of its prevention. The theme for WCD 2016-18 is 'We can, I Can'.
ii. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated a medical camp at Swarna Bharat Trust, Atkur in Andhra Pradesh organised on the occasion of World Cancer Day.


6. Japan Launches Smallest Rocket Ever to Carry Tiny Satellite into Orbit

i. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the world’s smallest rocket with the ability to put a tiny satellite into orbit. The rocket lifted off from the Uchinoura Space Center.
ii. It carried a microsatellite TRICOM-1R, a three-unit CubeSat weighing about 3 kilograms. This satellite launch was a re-flight of the TRICOM-1 mission, which was lost in SS-520’s failure in 2017.

Static/Current Takeaways Important for Syndicate Bank PO 2018 Exam-
  • Japan PM- Shinzo Abe, Capital- Tokyo, Currency- Japanese Yen.

7. Sri Lanka Celebrates 70th Independence Day

i. Sri Lanka celebrated the 70th Independence Day in a grand ceremony at the Galle Face Green in Colombo. The theme of the ceremony was "One Nation".
ii. It was on this day in 1948 that country achieved freedom from British rule. Representing Britain's Queen, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and the Countess of Wessex participated in the celebrations as Chief Guests.

Static/Current Takeaways Important for Syndicate Bank PO 2018 Exam-
  • President of Sri Lanka- Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka- Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Appointments

8. Mahmud Hossain Appointed New Chief Justice of Bangladesh

i. The President of Bangladesh, Abdul Hamid appointed Syed Mahmud Hossain as the new Chief Justice of the country.
ii. Justice Hossain is the 22nd chief justice of Bangladesh. President administered the oath of office to Justice Hossain.

Static/Current Takeaways Important for Syndicate Bank PO 2018 Exam-
  • Bangladesh PM- Sheikh Hasina, Capital- Dhaka, Currency- Bangladeshi Taka.

9. Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades Wins Re-Election for 2nd Term

i. Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has won re-election for a second term. The official final result after a second-round run-off put the conservative incumbent on 55.99% of the vote, ahead of Communist-backed Stavros Malas on 44%.
ii. Anastasiades has taken credit for steering the economy of Cyprus to recovery after it was plunged into crisis in 2013 by its exposure to debt-wracked Greece and fiscal slippage under a former left-wing administration.

Static/Current Takeaways Important for Syndicate Bank PO 2018 Exam-
  • Cyprus Capital- Nicosia, Currency- Euro.

Sports

10. India Open 2018- Complete List of Winners

i. India Open is a badminton event held annually at the Siri Fort Sports Complex, New Delhi.
ii. In women's singles Defending champion P V Sindhu was defeated by American Beiwen Zhang to finish runner-up at the India Open Super 500 tournament.

Find The Complete List Here

11. Jasprit Bumrah, Harmanpreet Kaur in Forbes India 30 Under 30 List

i. Indian cricketers Jasprit Bumrah and Harmanpreet Kaur as well India women’s hockey team goalkeeper Savita Punia and shooter Heena Sidhu are among Forbes India 30 Under 30 list. 
ii. Bumrah finished the year 2017 as the third highest wicket-taker in ODIs with 39 scalps in 23 matches, whereas in T20Is he grabbed 12 wickets in 11 outings.
iii. In December 2016, Harmanpreet became the first Indian woman cricketer to play in Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL).

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